This anonymous interview is with an academic librarian who has been a hiring manager and a member of a hiring or search committee. This person hires the following types of LIS professionals:
This librarian works at a library with 100-200 staff members in an urban area in the Western US.
Approximately how many people applied for the last librarian (or other professional level) job at your workplace?
Approximately what percentage of those would you say were hirable?
√ 25% or less
And how would you define “hirable”?
If they met the minimum qualifications, and a majority of the desired qualifications.
How are applications evaluated, and by whom?
All applications evaluated and scored by entire committee. Committee members develop and use the same rubric.
What is the most common reason for disqualifying an applicant without an interview?
Didn’t fully articulate how they met/exceeded the qualifications.
Do you (or does your library) give candidates feedback about applications or interview performance?
What is the most important thing for a job hunter to do in order to improve his/her/their hirability?
They need to write thorough letter, fully addressing their qualifications as stated in the advertisement.
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How many staff members are at your library/organization?
How many permanent, full time librarian (or other professional level) jobs has your workplace posted in the last year?
How many permanent, full time para-professional (or other non-professional level) jobs has your workplace posted in the last year?
Can you tell us how the number of permanent, full-time librarian positions at your workplace has changed over the past decade?
√ There are fewer positions
Have any full-time librarian positions been replaced with part-time or hourly workers over the past decade?
Have any full-time librarian positions been replaced with para-professional workers over the past decade?
Does your workplace require experience for entry-level professional positions? If so, is it an official requirement or just what happens in practice?
Sort of. It is always in the desired qualifications, so people with experience will end up scoring higher than inexperienced applicants. However, “experience” to us can mean internship/volunteer experience obtained as a student.
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For some context, look at the most recent summary of responses.